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A Story of Deduction, Seduction, Death and Pistons.
A Story of Deduction, Seduction, Death and Pistons.
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ABOUT

Lord and Lady Ravenscroft are two brilliant scientists and inventors whose Bohemian lifestyle and inventive ways are in direct contrast to the staid and proper ways of Victorian Era London.

Served faithfully by their steam-driven metallic Majordomo, Pneuman, and armed with a variety of elaborate self-created inventions, the Ravenscrofts pursue the one vocation that brings excitement into their world... solving murders!

PREVIOUSLY...

Brought in to consult on a mysterious murder, the Ravenscrofts began hunting down clues that might lead them to the devious culprit. Making waves and alerting the wrong people to their efforts nearly cost them their lives.

Now, the case takes them to Austria to seek out the next piece to this chaotic puzzle of murder and mayhem they've found themselves wrapped up in.

  • Fans of mystery and suspense stories will love Pneumatic Cases!
  • Gears, pistons and automatons!
  • If you like a little Science Fiction tossed in with your Steampunk fare, this book is for you!
  • Travel across the European landscape with the Ravenscrofts as they track down a murderer!
  • 22 exciting interior pages of story! 
  • Rated T for Teen.

STRETCH GOALS

Here are some extra items we cooked up we thought you might enjoy! More to come if we happen to get there!

This first one is now unlocked! A variant cover inspired by Scooby Doo of our cast by CrankRats artist Katherine Ellis! Digital backers will get a digital copy of PC #2 with this cover, and physical backers will get a physical copy of PC #2!

 As I announced in an update, the cover we've used throughout the campaign is a placeholder. The actual cover, by the same series artist, Rowel Roque, is equally impressive, just not colored yet. Now that we reached this one, digital and physical backers will get a mini-print of the image digitally or physically respectively!

Our third stretch goal is a set of three (3) Pneumatic Cases buttons for all physical level backers!

ADD-ONS

You can add these additional items to your pledge amount with no extra shipping costs! These are for physical copy backers. If you'd like to add-on to a digital tier, there will be a shipping cost added. Keep that in mind!

THE CAST

Lord Rupert Percival Ravenscroft, Percy for short, is a stylish but disheveled man in his mid 30s. When he's not solving crimes with his lovely bride Annie, he can be found toiling away in his lab and naming common household appliances with unnecessarily long and complicated titles. Percy is openly loving and affectionate to his wife and is a bonafide genius. He created their majordomo Pneuman.

Lady Anastasia Elizabeth Ravenscroft, Annie for short, is a forward thinker for her time. She's brazen and outspoken, yet classy and aluring. She doesn't take too kindly to being told what a woman's place is and she'll let you know about it. She is in her late 20s and adores her intelligent husband, though she keeps him on his toes. An inventor in her own right, Annie's creations are small, elegant and powerful, with simple names to match.

THE TEAM

THE BUZZ

THE WHY

John Wilson, the creator and writer of Pneumatic Cases (PC), and one of the founding members of Last Ember Press is an avid Steampunk fan as well as a fan of Holmesian murder mysteries. PC is a book he was working on for years trying to get off the ground before LEP was formed. It became one of our two launch titles and remains one of our best sellers online and at conventions.

The reason we have turned to Kickstarter for this issue is to fund printing costs and get Pneumatic Cases #2 into the hands of eager readers as soon as possible. The pencils and inks are complete, and the coloring and lettering is underway! 

With Make/100 returning, we thought it would be a great opportunity to offer a cool and unique limited item to celebrate and commemorate the release of this issue.

WHAT THE FUNDS WILL BE USED FOR

Since the pencils and inks are done, and as we are currently coloring and lettering the remainder of the issue in-house (as you read this!), we are looking to use the Kickstarter funds to pay for the printing and shipping costs and the various other expenses that go with a comic project. You can see the breakdown below:

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THE REWARDS

Make/100

For our part in Kickstarter's Make/100 promotion, we present this limited edition, one-of-a-kind clear charm featuring Lord and Lady Ravenscroft in a heart-shaped steampunk magnifying glass surrounded by hearts and roses! See the tiers below for details on how to get this exclusive charm!

Tiers

Extras

Extras As we reach certain milestones in the campaign, we are adding these additional rewards to the packages backers will receive! We have two that go to ALL backers and two that just go to backers at physical levels.

THE PLAN

Here's a projected timeline for completion of the book, though we do expect it to be done sooner!

THANK YOU!

On behalf of John, Rowel, Lisa, myself and everyone with Last Ember Press, we can't thank you enough for your all your continued support! This issue has been a long time coming and we can't wait to get it in your hands sooner than later!

And we sincerely hope you enjoy this one-of-a-kind Kickstarter exclusive, limited edition Pneumatic Cases charm! It's a gorgeous piece of art by very talented artist Elena Ferroli!

Please spread the word and share your support of Pneumatic Cases #2 with all your friends. We are shooting to complete this 4-issue story this year, so the sooner we can get this one funded the sooner we can get the rest in production as well!

Risks and challenges

All the art is complete for this book and does not hinge on funding. This book will be completed and shipped to you as soon as possible.

While we are still in the process of completing The Last Ember, which was successfully funded in November 2017, this book is not contingent on that one being completed before it is ready to ship.

We are always open to any concerns or questions you may have, so please don't hesitate to ask!

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    THANK YOU!!

    Your support means the world to use, your name will appear on a Thank You Page in Pneumatic Cases #2!

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    DIGITAL COPY

    You will get a DIGITAL copy of the standard 22-page edition of PC #2!

    Includes:
    • Your Name On A Thank You Page in Pneumatic Cases #2
    • Backer Updates
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    • Issue 2 "Standard" PDF
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    DIGITAL DELUXE BUNDLE

    In addition to the previous rewards, you will receive Deluxe Digital copies of Issues 1 and 2 of Pneumatic Cases.

    Each issue will include over 20 pages of bonus material, including script snippets, pencils, inks, sketches and more!

    Includes:
    • Your Name On A Thank You Page in Pneumatic Cases #2
    • Backer Updates
    • Issue 1 "Standard" PDF
    • Issue 2 "Standard" PDF
    • Issue 1 "Digital Deluxe" PDF
    • Issue 2 "Digital Deluxe" PDF
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    PRINT COPY

    Along with all of the previous DIGITAL rewards, this tier includes a PRINT COPY of Issue #2 of Pneumatic Cases.

    Also included is a STICKER of The Pneumatic Cases Logo!

    Includes:
    • Your Name On A Thank You Page in Pneumatic Cases #2
    • Backer Updates
    • Issue 1 "Standard" PDF
    • Issue 2 "Standard" PDF
    • Issue 1 "Digital Deluxe" PDF
    • Issue 2 "Digital Deluxe" PDF
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    DIGITAL DELUXE SUBSCRIPTION

    This level is for anyone that wants absolutely everything DIGITAL you can get your hands on!

    It includes all previous DIGITAL REWARDS, plus a SUBSCRIPTION for the final 2 issues of this arc of Pneumatic Cases!

    For backers of this Tier, as soon as they are complete, you will receive the DIGITAL DELUXE PDFs for issues #3 and #4 (as well as #2 of course!) that each include 20+ pages of extra content!

    We are also throwing in 2 high-resolution Pneumatic Cases DIGITAL PRINTS for this Tier only!

    Includes:
    • Your Name On A Thank You Page in Pneumatic Cases #2
    • Backer Updates
    • Issue 1 "Standard" PDF
    • Issue 2 "Standard" PDF
    • Issue 1 "Digital Deluxe" PDF
    • Issue 2 "Digital Deluxe" PDF
    • Issue 3 "Digital Deluxe" PDF
    • Issue 4 "Digital Deluxe" PDF
    • 2 High-Res PDF PRINTS
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    PRINT COPIES + DELUXE SUBSCRIPTION

    This level includes Print Copies of both Issues 1 and 2 and the Logo Sticker.

    Plus, you also will also be getting the Digital Deluxe PDF subscription from the previous level!

    Includes:
    • Your Name On A Thank You Page in Pneumatic Cases #2
    • Backer Updates
    • Issue 1 PRINT COPY
    • Issue 2 PRINT COPY
    • Logo Sticker
    • Issue 1 "Standard" PDF
    • Issue 2 "Standard" PDF
    • Issue 1 "Digital Deluxe" PDF
    • Issue 2 "Digital Deluxe" PDF
    • Issue 3 "Digital Deluxe" PDF
    • Issue 4 "Digital Deluxe" PDF
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    MAKE 100 / ACRYLIC CHARM

    We are so excited to share this reward with you. This is our MAKE 100 reward level, so there are limited copies available.

    You will receive all previous rewards + a fun 2" acrylic charm featuring our leading couple in a romantic pose. A nod to Valentine's Day but fun all year round.

    Includes:
    • Make 100/Acrylic Charm
    • Issue 1 PRINT COPY
    • Issue 2 PRINT COPY
    • Logo Sticker
    • Issue 1 "Digital Deluxe" PDF
    • Issue 2 "Digital Deluxe" PDF
    • Issue 3 "Digital Deluxe" PDF
    • Issue 4 "Digital Deluxe" PDF
    • Issue 1 "Standard" PDF
    • Issue 2 "Standard" PDF
    • Backer Updates
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    WATER COLOR ORIGINAL SKETCH CARD

    "Color Me Steampunk!" An original water color sketch card commission by Lisa Moore featuring a character of your choice in Steampunk form! Plus all previous rewards.

    Includes:
    • One Original Water Color Steampunk Sketch Card Commission
    • Make 100/Acrylic Charm
    • Issue 1 PRINT COPY
    • Issue 2 PRINT COPY
    • Logo Sticker
    • Issue 1 "Digital Deluxe" PDF
    • Issue 2 "Digital Deluxe" PDF
    • Issue 3 "Digital Deluxe" PDF
    • Issue 4 "Digital Deluxe" PDF
    • Issue 1 "Standard" PDF
    • Issue 2 "Standard" PDF
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    RISE OF THE POSTHUMANS

    All Previous Rewards. Plus one copy of the Cyberpunk/Steampunk prose anthology Singularity: Rise of the Posthumans by writers David Michelinie, Jennie Wood, Nancy Hansen, Chris MaGee, Lee Houston Jr., Jaime Ramos, and Brant Fowler!

    Includes:
    • One Copy of Singularity: Rise of the Posthumans Prose Anthology
    • One Original Water Color Steampunk Sketch Card Commission
    • Make 100/Acrylic Charm
    • Issue 1 PRINT COPY
    • Issue 2 PRINT COPY
    • Logo Sticker
    • Issue 1 "Digital Deluxe" PDF
    • Issue 2 "Digital Deluxe" PDF
    • Issue 3 "Digital Deluxe" PDF
    • Issue 4 "Digital Deluxe" PDF
    • Issue 1 "Standard" PDF
    • Issue 2 "Standard" PDF
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    LEP PRINT COMIC BUNDLE

    All Previous Rewards + a Last Ember Press PRINT COMIC bundle that includes the following:

    The Last Ember #0
    The Last Ember #1
    Li'l Ember #1
    Faerie Stories #1
    The Wylde #1
    Celestial Falcon #1
    Celestial Falcon #2
    Crimson Badge #1
    Fireside Tales #1

    Includes:
    • LEP Comic Bundle
    • Make 100/Acrylic Charm
    • Issue 1 PRINT COPY
    • Issue 2 PRINT COPY
    • Logo Sticker
    • Issue 1 "Digital Deluxe" PDF
    • Issue 2 "Digital Deluxe" PDF
    • Issue 3 "Digital Deluxe" PDF
    • Issue 4 "Digital Deluxe" PDF
    • Issue 1 "Standard" PDF
    • Issue 2 "Standard" PDF
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    DRAWN IN

    All Previous Rewards, plus you will be DRAWN IN to issue #3 of Pneumatic Cases!

    So if you've always wondered what you'd look like in a comic book, here's how you can find out!

    Includes:
    • Drawn In to Issue #3
    • LEP Comic Bundle
    • Make 100/Acrylic Charm
    • Issue 1 PRINT COPY
    • Issue 2 PRINT COPY
    • Logo Sticker
    • Issue 1 "Digital Deluxe" PDF
    • Issue 2 "Digital Deluxe" PDF
    • Issue 3 "Digital Deluxe" PDF
    • Issue 4 "Digital Deluxe" PDF
    • Issue 1 "Standard" PDF
    • Issue 2 "Standard" PDF
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